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What winning New York primary means for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fills out paperwork

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fills out paperwork at his polling place in Manhattan on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Credit: AP

The New York presidential primaries this year turned out to be the political equivalent of Groundhog Day.

The question is whether Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can win their respective contests by a wide-enough margin to finish off this endless winter of campaigning, or whether close margins will signal a serious continuation of the contests.

In other words, if Trump and Clinton don’t see their hoped-for wins, the nation gets six more weeks of bull@#$&.

At 9:01 p.m. the nation’s news networks unanimously told us what every sentient being in the United States (and certain types of ferns) had known for a month. None of them, though, were able to tell us what we and the houseplants were actually wondering, which is whether he won by enough to grab all or almost all of the state’s 95 delegates.

We won’t really know for sure until at least tomorrow, because it involves carefully counting the votes in all 27 of the state’s congressional districts. In any district where Trump doesn’t reach 50 percent, he’ll lose one delegate. A perfect night would be sweeping all 95.

That all matters as it relates to his needed total of 1,237 delegates. And it matters as it relates to next week’s northeastern primaries, and whether the Stop Trumpers still think they can stop Trump or whether they’ll decide they need to stop with all the Trump stopping and focus on disrupting the convention, or moving to Jakarta, or getting some counseling.

Ditto with Clinton. Polls says she’s almost certain to win the nomination but until she can get everyone to admit she’s going to win the nomination she has to keep flying around with a purse full of hot sauce explaining to crowds she’s going to win the nomination. Which is exhausting, and making her testy.

So if we get huge margins tonight, we pretty much get a spring flaw which melts the presidential aspirations of Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Jon Kasich like a Blow Pop under a hair dryer. If we get small margins or, in Sanders case, a highly unlikely upset win, we get to suffer another six weeks of shrieking debates and cringeworthy commercials until the primaries end June 7 with nine contests, including California.

As for us in New York, we voted and we’re done with it. We’ve spoken. If the country wants to waste another six weeks before validating our winners as the nation’s winners, which it eventually will, leave us out of it.

We’ve got hockey playoffs and baseball seasons to focus on.